UDCOMNFY - BSc (Hons) Computer Networking and Cyber Security (including foundation year)
|Highest award||Bachelor of Science||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate|
|Total credits for course||480|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Subject Area||Computer Science and Applied Computing|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The BSc Computer Networking and Cyber Security (including Foundation Year) is specifically designed for those students who wish to specialise in the network and application security of modern hardware and software systems. The course fosters development using a range of tools and development platforms and prepares students to become cyber professionals. The course is designed around the Cisco curriculum and all students study the complete CCNA modules which are embedded in the course, thereby gaining additional Cisco certification training throughout the course. The foundation year will provide a broad, varied and simulating experience which allows students to assess their aptitudes and interests and thus prepares them for modules at higher levels. The course includes substantial practical content with increasing emphasis on project/group work as students’ progress through the course.
The foundation year is designed to develop key academic skills and competencies in a way integrated into the curriculum, and to model the theoretical approach coupled with practice-based learning that is developed later in the curriculum. Assessments at this level are aimed to introduce and develop key skills integral to academic success at higher levels including writing, presenting, researching, and mathematical and technological skills. Also, at this level, early formative assessment is useful as an early indicator of students’ strengths, in addition to giving a hands-on training of submission processes.
Students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of, and the necessary skills to demonstrate, good academic practice. Particularly, students will be encouraged to complete weekly tutorial and workshop exercises as well as periodic formative diagnostic tests to enhance their learning. During tutorial and workshop sessions students will receive ongoing support and feedback on their work to promote engagement and provide the basis for tackling the summative assessments.
Teaching materials such as lecture content are conveyed in different ways e.g. using diagrams, speech, text, discussion and practical tasks. Use is also made of multimedia technologies such as videos, podcasts and screencasts in lectures which are then made available on Weblearn. Competency with software and hardware tools is achieved through weekly practical sessions, demonstrations from external software vendors, signposted access to online technical guides, encouragement of participation in Computing online forums, access to all required equipment.
Appropriate blended learning technologies, such as the University’s virtual learning environment WebLearn, Library’s e-books and Online Databases, are used to facilitate and support student learning, in particular to:
• deliver content;
• encourage active learning;
• provide formative and summative assessments with prompt feedback;
• enhance student engagement and learning.
A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course. Module assessment typically consists of a combination of assessment instruments including courseworks, in-class tests and unseen exams. Coursework can include an artefact such as a website, a database or program code in addition to a written report/essay. The volume, timing and nature of assessment enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes.
Formative and summative feedback will be provided using a variety of methods and approaches, such as learning technologies, one to one and group presentation of the submitted work, at various points throughout the teaching period and will adhere to University policy regarding the timing of feedback. Students will also receive feedback from tutors and peers enabling them to reflect on their progress based on the evidence available. This process assists students in developing as independent learners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
Foundation year students will be supported during the early stages with focus on introduction to support facilities including Academic Mentor, Success coaches, Course Leader and Academic tutor and Course Weblearn sites. This support mechanism will facilitate transition and progression through the levels. The students will also receive early scheduled sessions with the Subject Librarian which will continue as they progress through the degree.
During the foundation year, cohort identity is fostered through opportunities for engaging with peers and with existing Level 4 (and higher) students at social events, at Career-focused events and through Course-related forums. These opportunities continue throughout the course.
The main aim of the course is to equip students with the core academic and technical skills needed to progress through higher education, via a structured and scaffolded pathway, and on to relevant employment in the IT industry as cyber professionals. It is also an excellent preparation for further research or studies such as MSc or PhD.
The specific aims of the course are:
• To apply analytical and design techniques used to solve problems in computer networking and IT Security.
• To develop analytical, practical and ICT skills appropriate for the specification, design, implementation and testing of computer networks and security measures in network security.
• To promote awareness of commercial and economic context, social and business factors that influence the choice of solution to engineering problems including health,
• To promote awareness in students of ethical issues concerning their work, their potential roles to operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising their responsibilities and obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
• To provide a broad educational base with an emphasis on project-oriented activities where students will gain appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for a professional career in the field of computer networking and cyber security.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
LO1. Apply basic problem-solving and analytical techniques, presenting findings, explain results and justifying choice of methods;
LO2. Demonstrate solid understanding of fundamental knowledge in the Computing Networking and Cyber Security subject area;
LO3. Understand the scientific, mathematical and ITC principles and methods relevant to Computer Networking and Cyber Security;
LO4. Appreciate the problems and solutions in the relevant social, environmental, ethical and legislative context including health, safety and risks issues;
LO5. Be able to select and apply appropriate scientific, mathematical and technical methods to model, analyse and solve problems related to Computer Networking and Cyber Security;
LO6. Identify problems and create solutions using appropriate professional simulation and design tools;
LO7. Recognise the need for continuous personal development and plan to achieve this showing confidence and self-awareness, reflect on own learning, and be self-reliant and constructively self-critical;
LO8. Design a variety of different computer networking configuration taking account of industrial and commercial restraints and network security issues;
LO9. Evaluate and carry out performance analysis, critical appraisals and evaluation of computer networks and their security requirements;
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Cyber Security Fundamentals CC3101
Design and Communication Skills CT3101
Communications Engineering CT4001
Introduction to Information Systems CC4057
Fundamentals of Computing CS4051
Networking Concepts (CCNA1 & 2) CT4004
LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4) CT5004
Security in Computing CC5004
Networks & Operating Systems CS5001
Risk, Crisis and Security Management CC5052
Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law CS5052
Network Security (Cisco) CT6004
Work Related Learning II FC6W51
Creating a Winning Business MN6W50
Ethical Hacking CC6051
Learning outcomes cover 1-9
Principle QAA benchmark statements
QAA Computing 2016:
Modules of this course are assessed mainly by the combination of coursework, case studies report and presentation, lab logbooks and workbooks, class-test, unseen examinations, and final-year project reports, presentation and viva.
A balanced assessment load per module and a careful distribution of concurrent assessment deadlines will be ensured.
Constructive and timely feedback in written and/or oral modes will be delivered, with 15 working days of completing/submitting an assessment.
Online submission of assessment will be used, as appropriate, via University VLE.
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
The 15-credit Work Related Learning module is a core at level 6.
The School of Computing and Digital Media offers opportunities to enhance employability skills, gain real experience and 'earn while you learn' through placements into real client-driven projects - working with business and industry.
Course specific regulations
British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation is awarded according to the following additional course regulation:
The project must be passed in order for a student to obtain BSc (Hons) Computer Networking and Cyber Security.
The project must be passed without compensation.
Modules required for interim awards
All modules are core-compulsory except one 30-credit year-long module at level 6.
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
A process of personal development planning takes place throughout the course to help students to think about and make sense of what is being learnt and why, plan ahead and relate to what has been learned and their own future learning.
Students will be expected and encouraged to produce such as reflective commentaries and graduation statements on the learning activities and tasks that they carry out to complete their work.
Students are invited to include PDP via learning journals, case books, annotated sketchbooks, and/or blog environment.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in law enforcement, government or other related agencies, and commercial IT departments or security consultancies. This course is also an excellent preparation for further research or studies such as MSc or PhD.
Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions
This course is accredited as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.
On graduating, you'll be eligible to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS).
Graduating from this degree will give you the technological knowledge needed to work as a cyber security engineer, software security officer, ethical hacker, web developer or security consultant.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent eg, Functional Skills at Level 2).
If you meet the UCAS points criteria but obtained a D/3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE you may be offered a University test in these areas.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2019/20||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||25 Jul 2019||Last validation date||25 Jul 2019|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered
|CC3101||Cyber Security Fundamentals||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||AM|
|CT3102||Introduction to Robotics and Internet of Things||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||AM|
Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered
|CC3101||Cyber Security Fundamentals||Core||30||NORTH||SPR+SUM||THU||PM|
|CT3102||Introduction to Robotics and Internet of Things||Core||30||NORTH||SPR+SUM||FRI||AM|
Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered
|CC4057||Introduction to Information Systems||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||PM|
|CS4051||Fundamentals of Computing||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||TUE||PM|
|CT4004||Networking Concepts (CCNA1 and 2)||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||PM|
Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered
|CC5004||Security in Computing||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||AM|
|CC5052||Risk, Crisis and Security Management||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||PM|
|CS5001||Networks and Operating Systems||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||AM|
|CS5052||Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||PM|
|CT5004||LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4)||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
Stage 4 Level 06 September start Offered
|CT6004||Network Security (CISCO)||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||AM|
|FC6W51||Work Related Learning II||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||WED||PM|
|MN6W50||Creating a Winning Business 2||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||AM|
|CC6003||Digital Crime Investigation||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|CC6004||Network and Cloud Security||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||AM|
|CS6002||Distributed and Internet Systems||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|